Victoria and Albert Museum

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The Image and Identity exhibition that was mounted in the Sackler Centre outside the two residency studios was opened on Friday 18th July by Margaret Hodge the Minister for Culture and Sport, she also took time to visit the residency studios. As equipment arrived I had the problem of assembling the various parts with limited tools and I struggled, but managed to lift an extremely heavy set of...
Over the last 22 years I have crammed the making of my own work into weekends and evenings as my job as Head of the Jewellery and Silversmithing Department at Edinburgh College of Art took up a huge amount of time. When I did get access to the lovely room that is my studio I very rapidly had to earmark tables, chairs, showcases, put some things on the wall and order equipment and materials for...
The highlight of my six weeks was the time I spent with the jewellery curators looking at and handling pieces of jewellery in the collection. It is fascinating to see what was done to wonderful jewels in the name of fashion and how remodelling was undertaken by successive generations. It is such a privilege to be able to hold pieces and to turn them over to study the backs and see how repairs...
The residency began on the 2nd of June and the new education centre was still under construction when I arrived so, for the first 6 weeks, I did not have a studio. All my tools, catalogues, reference information and materials were locked in the ancient trunk I sent down and it was kept safely in the post room so I was unable to access all my carefully prepared material. I used the six weeks...
The Artist Jeweller Residency I applied for over a year ago is based in a studio in the new Sackler Education Centre within the V&A. The Residency is the joint initiative of the Crafts Council and the V&A and I will be based in the V&A for 3 days a week for 6 months. I am expected to think up ideas for and be involved with various teaching projects, to hold open studios for the...